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Final round of Colonial begins after 3-hour delay

Workers were busy sweeping water from the Colonial course Sunday morning. The start of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was pushed back from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Workers were busy sweeping water from the Colonial course Sunday morning. The start of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was pushed back from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial has started after a three-hour rain delay.

It’s the second three-hour delay of the tournament. Thursday’s opening round was delayed three hours because of rain.

Unlike Thursday’s situation, Sunday’s start was slowed more by standing water left by overnight thunderstorms that produced flood conditions around the city.

The start was pushed back from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The biggest challenge was standing water around the course. The Colonial grounds crew, which has done a superb job against the elements all week, used squeegee brooms and pumps to clear the water.

The forecast calls for a another wave of rain around 2 p.m. then tapering off the rest of the day.

Golfers will be playing in threesomes and teeing off in groups at No. 1 and No. 10. The leaders will begin at the first tee.

There are 73 players in action today. Since more than 78 players made the 36-hole cut (80) on Saturday, a 54-hole cut reduced the field to 73 players at 1-over 211.

Tournament leader Kevin Na is on the course. So is Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who began the day in 10th.

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